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Glyndebourne Opera Festival Announces 2018 Festival


The Glyndebourne Opera Festival has announced its 2018 schedule. The company announced that next season it will present Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” in Annilese Miskimmon’s Tour 2016 production. The production will make its Festival debut and will be conducted by Omer Meir Wellber. Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” will be revived with the 2014 Richard Jones production making its return. Robin Ticciati conducts. Following {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Glyndebourne Festival Opera Review 2022: La Bohème


Photo credit: © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. “La bohème”, as the archetypal verismo opera, tends to resist stagings that take it much beyond the confines of nineteenth-century Paris, and indeed non-naturalistic approaches to the work. (Audiences tend to resist them too.) The two most successful in London recently have been John Copley’s recently retired version at the Royal Opera House – {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2022 Review: The Wreckers


(© Richard Hubert Smith) Ethel Smyth’s opera “The Wreckers” opened the Glyndebourne Festival Opera last weekend, receiving its first-ever performance in the original French – libretto by Henry Brewster – and with many savage cuts restored. Its journey has been a long one: Smyth was repeatedly thwarted by war, misogynistic attitudes, musical conservatism, and meddling conductors. For some context – {…}


Gerald Finley Headlines Final Opera of Glyndebourne Open House Virtual Festival


(Credit: Tristram Kenton/Glyndebourne) Glyndebourne has announced the final opera that will be featured as part of its virtual festival. Starting on August 30, and running through Sept. 6, 2020, the organization will present “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” in a production by Sir David McVicar. Vladimir Jurowski conducts a cast starring Marco Jentzsch, Anna Gabler, Topi Lehtipuu, Alastair Miles, Johannes Martin {…}


Grange Park Opera, Glyndebourne Festival & Other Summer Festivals in Doubt


COVID-19 is set to affect summer festivals this year. With the majority of companies having canceled the final portion of their 2019-20 season, most expectations were on summer festivals and artists returning to the stage. However, those hopes seem to be dwindling for some festivals. Today, March 17, 2020, the Grange Opera Park in the U.K. announced the festival was {…}


Glyndebourne Festival Presents Three Operas In Cinemas


Opera in cinemas seems to be a major trend all around the world and the Glyndebourne Festival will continue its acclaimed transmissions. The season gets off to a start on June 8, 2017, with the 2014 production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring acclaimed tenor Michael Fabiano and Bolshoi star Venera Gimadieva. The series continues on July 10, 2017, with the {…}

News, Streaming

Glyndebourne Production of ‘The Wreckers’ to Launch on Glyndebourne Encore Platform


On August 1, 2022, Glyndebourne will launch the recording of their new production of Ethel Smyth’s “The Wreckers,” on their Glyndebourne Encore streaming platform. The production is the first professional staging of the work in recent years, and was presented with its original French libretto and a fully-restored score. In OperaWire’s review of the production, Benjamin Poore noted that “It {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Founding a New Festival – Betty Makharinsky on Co-founding The Vache Baroque Festival


Some people seem to be born with an irrepressible zest for life, who ooze positivity and energy, and view the world as a place in which they can fulfill their ambitions and dreams. Setbacks and barriers are but challenges to be overcome, mistakes are something to be learnt from, little seems to deter them. They are always on the move, {…}